The magic of tracking
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
The magic of tracking is not that it limits what you may eat. True whether you are tracking calories or PointsPlus® Values, you have a limit to which may eat and still be on budget. But that is not what is so special about it.
Consider if you have been free spending, that you have been receiving an open allowance from some kind of sugar-daddy. You got the shoes you wanted, the car you liked, ate in only the fanciest places. Suddenly Daddy Gotrocks is broke. Now you have to get the shoes you need, make do with a car that starts, eat at home. You start to watch those pennies where once the dollars didn't even matter. You got a financial counselor who tells you to write down every stick of gum you buy; account for every single penny you spend. Suddenly you start looking at what you are buying.
Pretty much it's the same with tracking. I had gotten out of writing down every single morsel that went into my mouth when it went in. At the end of the day I would sit down and think think think ... what did I have for breakfast? lunch? snack? Did I forget anything? Yeah, probably, but I stil have 500 calories or 12 PPV® to spare so it's probably OK.
Then I acted surprised when I got on the scale and my vector arrow was either horizontal or even pointing North.
This week, I decided I had to do something. I saw a number on my scale I don't EVER want to see again. Granted it was after dinner, but still ...
So I got back to writing everything down NOW. And that has stayed my hand from reaching for the cookies today when a cookie would have been so good. I had an apple instead. Do I really want to admit to myself that I had three Oreos when there is a basket of fruit RIGHT THERE?
And that is the magic of tracking.